The North Dakota Department of Agriculture doesn’t plan to continue their pilot program for industrial hemp in 2019. Instead, licensing will be delayed until NDDA can adjust to the new farm bill. Industrial hemp will be addressed in the state legislative session. Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring says a bill would change the state definition to match the federal definition of hemp, as well as change requirements for inspection funding. “There was a lot of testing that had to be done in the past. There was a lot of paperwork and applications had to be made,” says Goehring. “We’re going to clean up and change how that looks. There will still be a licensing fee and a background check because that’s required in the federal law.” Additional details from NDDA are expected in early 2019.
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